As part of EPCOT’s park-wide transformation, its main storefront MouseGear, which opened in 1999, is set to close for a major remodeling. (Goodbye, Dreamfinder ship…) Originally set to close this year, the store’s closure has been somewhat delayed, but it seems that work has begun in earnest, with counters already getting swapped out for temporary wheeled registers. Now, at the corner of the old Innoventions East, a mysterious covered sign has appeared along with overhead lighting, signaling the possible location of the new, temporary MouseGear.
We noticed management scoping out the location earlier this week, while planters were still covering the old Disney du Jour Dance Party stage.
Now some of the planters have been removed, and while construction walls still block off the entrance, a new 3D printed sign has been installed, plus lighting.
We kept trying to make sense of the outlined letters, and it would seem that the sign makes out the word “MouseGear”.
Once MouseGear closes, it will be moving to a temporary home during the remodel. Recent work in this area, plus the addition of signage leads us to believe this could well be location of the store’s future temporary home.
You still have a few weeks to take in the glorious late-’90s interior of MouseGear, but unlike many projects across the park, an official closing date for the remodeling has yet to be announced.
Concept art for the remodeled store was revealed at this year’s D23 Expo. The last time the store was remodeled was in 2011, with the addition of new signage, fixtures, and registers. While that remodel was done in stages, the store will be fully updated as part of EPCOT’s new look.